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[International Frog Jump at Angels Camp, California]


Published ca. 1950s


Famous frog-jumping contest memorialized in Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Newsreel story presenting the 100th anniversary of the contest.


Run time 1:00
Producer Universal-International Newsreel
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


Shotlist

Famous frog-jumping contest memorialized in Mark TwainÕs short story
This is the 100th anniversary of the frog jump
VS contestants and human handlers
CU frogs held in peopleÕs hands
VS handlers stomping feet behind frogs to get them to jump
VS jumping frogs (weird)
ÒCant Take ItÓ wins at 15 ft 6-1/2 inches
CU winner holding frog up to camera




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Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - December 31, 2005
Subject: Jumps to your left.. Dissections to your right!
This is a newreel about a frog jumping competition. Nothing really startling here, as Im sure most of you have seen how a frog jumping contest works. (EG You put the frog down, then bang on the ground or whatever to get him out of the circle. The only curious thing about this one is the table at the beginning of this clip. It had one microscope and 2 scientist looking dudes there. What, were they doing dissections as well?
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - November 14, 2003
Subject: CROOOAAAAAAKKKKKK!!!!
Wacky Festivals Dept.: Newsreel clip of a 50s frog-jumping contest in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mark TwainÂs story about the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This is just weird enough to be somewhat interesting. ThereÂs nothing more heartwarming than a boy and his frog.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.
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